Another blot on the Scottish football landscape is the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act 2012. The Scottish governments ham-fisted attempt to defeat bigotry and sectarianism in Scotland by only targeting football supporters.
The process of repealing this act is well under way. Today representatives from Scottish Football Supporters Association and Fans Against Criminalisation gave evidence to the Justice committee at Holyrood.
You can view video here.
October 03, 2017 10:00
Duration: 2 hours 51 minutes 26 seconds
1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.
2. Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Repeal) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—
Anthony McGeehan, Policy and Engagement, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service;
Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins, Operational Support, Police Scotland;
and then from—
Jeanette Findlay, and Paul Quigley, Fans Against Criminalisation;
Simon Barrow, Chair, and Paul Goodwin, Chief Executive, Scottish Football Supporters Association;
Andrew Jenkin, Head of Supporters Direct Scotland.
3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—
Scottish Tribunals (Eligibility for Appointment) Amendment Regulations 2017 (SSI 2017/274); Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 (SSI 2017/285); Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Rural Housing Bodies) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2017 (SSI 2017/301).
4. Justice Sub-Committee on Policing: The Committee will consider a report back from the Sub-Committee meeting on 28 September 2017.